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A Foggy Saturday

A Foggy Saturday

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

Doug Wagner, part-time instructor at UNO, walks across campus on a foggy Saturday on Dec. 1, 2012.



Campus Hours Over Winter Break 2012

Following the last day of classes today, Dec. 14, and commencement ceremonies for UNO this Saturday, Dec. 15, UNO students are on Winter Break. During the break, a number of buildings on the UNO campus will feature holiday hours leading up to the start of the Spring 2013 semester on Monday, Jan. 7.

Also during the break, campus will be officially closed Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. During the closedown, faculty and staff will be gone, but some buildings will continue modified hours. Read more for the Winter Break hours.

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Annual Holiday Sale Under Way at Bookstore

Happy Holidays from the UNO Bookstore staff! The UNO Bookstore is holding its annual Holiday Sale through Saturday, Dec. 15. This is the best time of the year to get a gift for your favorite Maverick!

Buy one apparel item, get a second apparel item half off! In-store only, limited to items in-stock. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

Plus, get 20 percent off 2013 picture calendars, holiday books, children's books and select hardbound and paperback bestsellers. In-store only.

UNO Bookstore Hours:

- Today, Dec. 14: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 15: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions? Visit or contact Jacinda Brooks at

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Textbook Buyback and Textbook Rental Continues

Textbook Buyback and Textbook Rental Returns will be held through Saturday, Dec. 15. A valid picture ID is required. Please bring all DVD's, CD's and supplemental materials purchased with your textbooks.

Estimated buyback prices can be checked online at; click on "Cash for Books."

UNO Bookstore Hours:

- Today, Dec. 14: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 15: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions? Please contact

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Students, Alumni Celebrated at UNO's 2012 December Commencement

Student and alumni achievement will be the focus of UNO's 2012 December Commencement, which will be held this Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Lee & Helene Sapp Fieldhouse.

UNO will host two ceremonies; the first will take place at 10 a.m. and the second will take place at 2 p.m.

The 10 a.m. event will include graduates at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level for the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Education; Engineering (UNL); and Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The 2 p.m. event will confer the same degrees to the colleges of Business Administration; Public Affairs and Community Service; Education and Human Sciences (UNL); and Information Science & Technology.

To celebrate the achievements of graduating students, each ceremony will feature speeches from an undergraduate and graduate student. Read more.

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UNO December Commencement Ceremonies to Take Place Dec. 15 at Sapp Fieldhouse

UNO's 2012 December Commencement ceremonies will be held this Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Sapp Fieldhouse at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The 10 a.m. event will include graduates at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level for the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Education; Engineering (UNL); and Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The 2 p.m. event will confer the same degrees to the colleges of Business Administration; Public Affairs and Community Service; Education and Human Sciences (UNL); and Information Science & Technology.

Fieldhouse doors open at 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony, and noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony. There is open parking in campus parking lots during the commencement ceremonies. Lot N is reserved for designated handicap parking and Lot R is reserved for members of the Platform Party. Parking Lot Q is closed due to construction.

Faculty attending the ceremony should report to the Mav Café inside of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building before 9:15 a.m. if they are part of the morning ceremony, and 1:15 p.m. if they are part of the afternoon ceremony. Members of the platform party should report to HPER 109 F and students should report to HPER 128 at the same times.

Any questions should be directed to University Relations at 402.554.2129.

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HCFC to Perform at Lauritzen's Holiday Harmony Concert

UNO's award-winning Heartland Community Flute Choir (HCFC) will perform their annual Holiday Harmony Concert at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Admission is free and includes access to the Holiday Poinsettia Show, the art show and the flute choir concert.

Founded in 2003 by UNO Professor of Flute, Christine Beard, the HCFC is celebrating its tenth season. A non-auditioned ensemble boasting more than 40 adult and student members from Nebraska and western Iowa, the HCFC plays on C flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes, and performs a variety of literature consisting of original works for flute choir and arrangements of classical masterpieces, as well as traditional and popular tunes.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Beard at, 402.554.2685 or visit the official HCFC website at

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Campus Security Reminders for Winter Break 2012

As classes conclude and students prepare to go on Winter Break, UNO would like to remind students, faculty and staff about staying safe both on campus and off.

UNO reminds members of the Maverick community that crime can occur anywhere and at any time. To best prepare against these threats, UNO Campus Security provides a number of general safety tips. Read more.

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Go Green!  Turn Off Your Computer Over Holiday Break

Information Services (IS) wants to remind all faculty and staff to turn off their computers over the holiday break. Microsoft's lead editor, Monte Enbysk, notes that shutting off your computer each night when you leave work could save as much as $90 per year. So clicking the "Shut Down" button on your computer before you leave, not only saves energy and therefore money, but also reduces wear on the machine and is added protection against viruses.

If you have any questions, please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or

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Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences Grants Available; Q&A Sessions in January

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is pleased to announce the Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE). FUSE grants support faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity.  Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013!

If students are interested in applying for FUSE funding, please attend one of two Q&A sessions scheduled in January:

- The first will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room from noon to 12:45 p.m.

- The second will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the MBSC Jenkins Room.

Popcorn and light refreshments will be served.

Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to UNO undergraduates. Faculty need not be tenured or tenure-track to participate as mentors. ORCA encourages students and faculty from all disciplines to participate in this exciting opportunity to promote student involvement in research and creative activity at UNO.

For more information about FUSE, to review the FUSE guidelines or submit your proposal, visit the FUSE page.

Questions should be directed to

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USPS PostNet Barcode Announcement

The United States Postal Service has announced the retirement of the PostNet barcode effective Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. If anyone from UNO sends mail that includes a Business Reply Envelope (BRE) the printing on that BRE must contain an Intelligent Mail barcode. If you are planning future mailings and need to order materials which include a BRE, please make sure your printer is aware of the Intelligent Mail barcode requirement.

UNMC Printing and Duplicating is already applying Intelligent Mail barcodes to all the BRE's purchased through their office. If you need assistance with any of your mailing needs, call Mail Services at 402.554.2337 or email Mike Burton, Please send mailing lists in an excel or access spreadsheet for reduced rate mailing certification to

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In the News

Commencement Ceremonies in Omaha World-Herald

On Thursday, Dec. 13, the Omaha World-Herald provided information for this weekend's commencement ceremonies in Nebraska, including Saturday's ceremonies on the UNO campus.

MIS Teams With Lincoln Business for Capstone Project

Nineteen students who are part of UNO's Master's in Management Information Systems spent the semester working with Lincoln business Nebraska Air Quality Specialties as part of a capstone course for their degrees. Student Kurt Johnson, IS&T Dean Deepak Khazanchi, and Alumna/Instructor Shonna Dorsey, were interviewed for the story.

Kriegler Talks Geminids Meteor Shower

Dave Kriegler, instructor of Physics, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald and featured as a guest on the Tom Becka Show about the Geminids meteor shower, which is at it's peak this year on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.

Former UNO Assistant Coach's Son to Join Mavs in 2013

Jake Guentzel, son of former assistant men's hockey coach Mike Guentzel was announced as an early signee for next year's recruiting class. The elder Guentzel left the Mavs in 2011 to become associate head coach at Minnesota.

NU President, Chancellors Make Rare Joint Appearance

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Omaha World-Herald reported on a rare joint appearance made by University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken and the chancellors from UNO, UNL, UNK and UNMC. The chancellors were at a special Omaha Rotary Club function.

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Teaching and Technology Center Announces Holiday Hours

The Teaching and Technology Center (TTC), located in 538 Kayser Hall, will be open by appointment only from Monday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Dec. 21. During that week, the TTC staff will be available to assist you in Information Services, 110 Eppley Administration Building, or by telephone at 402.554.2024.

Regular hours of operation will resume after the holiday shutdown on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. As a reminder, regular hours of operations for the Teaching and Technology Center are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Spring Permit Sales Under Way

Permits for Spring/Summer 2013 went on sale this week.  At that time all annual permits will be half price, including East and West Garage.

Please check the expiration date of your existing permit. If it expired on Dec. 31, 2012, and you plan to park on campus during the Spring Semester, you will need to purchase a new permit.  If it expires on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, you will not need to purchase another permit.

All permits are required to be purchased online at Permits must be picked up at the Parking Office, Eppley Administration Building, Room 107, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

You must present your MavCard to pick up permit.  Online purchasing requires NetID, username and password; vehicle information for all vehicles that will be parked on campus.  Information includes the vehicle's year, make, model, color, and license plate number.

If your permit has expired or you no longer need/use it, please make sure you turn it back in to Parking Services or you destroy it. This avoids your permit falling into the hands of someone else that may use the permit on campus and collect tickets under your account.

For questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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